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September 2, 1974

Positive EEG Spike Activity in Sleep

Author Affiliations

Jeffersonville, Ind

JAMA. 1974;229(10):1282. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03230480010003

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To the Editor.—  On the basis of my personal observation, I remember 16 or 18 cases showing 6/sec and 14/sec positive spikes, among a total of approximately 1,500 electroencephalograms (228:1523, 1974). At that time (1959 through 1963), I was curious about this type of activity because it was correlated by some authors to dysfunctional activity of the thalamohypothalamic area, and strongly denied or ignored by others.Those 16 or 18 cases presented the following findings:

  1. The ages ranged from 11 to 19 years.

  2. The 6/sec and 14/sec activity